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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,629
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,104 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of Timmush
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, maybe my taste buds are shot from all of the hops I have been drinking this summer, but this beer tastes good... really goo. Maybe it was the sweetness or maybe it was the fact that I paid 12.99 for a 12 pack at the local A and P but it was tasty. A little sweet, but I think this is a decent Marzen

Photo of brurevu
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Oktoberfest poured a beautiful deep amber with a distinct malty aroma. The taste was a great malt mixture with a bit of the sweet malt and toffee flavors and a touch of that familiar Samuel Adams hop flavor. I really enjoyed this beer and it's malt profile hit all the right Oktoberfest notes for me. It's a widely available brew during the season and one that is worth picking up.

Photo of wickid4
3.67/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hermit990
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, served in a mug.

Appearance: Amber color with some red hues. Very clear looking. Thin, half-finger layer of head that left a good, persistent lacing down the side of the mug. Moderately carbonated.

Smell: There are some sweet, bready malt aromas. Subtle notes of caramel and spiciness. From what is there, it smells pleasant, but there really isn't much of an aroma to it. Light and lacking substance.

Taste: Very malty upfront, sweet maltiness mixes with caramel/toffee notes, backed by a slight toasty quality. Finishes with a bitterness, complemented with a savory, earthy spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to this one, noticeably thicker than from the bottle. Carbonation takes charge at about the middle of the tongue, giving it a creamy feel as it coats the tongue. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a solid beer. There are better Oktoberfests available, but you really can't go wrong with this one. Readily available while in season and affordable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rust-colored with a good head.

S: Malt aromas with some of that nice Octoberfest sweetness.

T: Lots of malt. Some bread/biscuit with some hops and a good deal of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but a little heavy to session. Glad to pick this one up every year.

Photo of ranger7
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Central Market in a fall sampler.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Clear amber, small and steady head.

S - Malty and sweet. Brown sugar.

T - Nice and malty, something a bit bitter or sour finishes.

M - Very light and drinkable. Somewhat syrupy aftertaste, however. Nice carbonation.

Summary - Nice. Not my favorite Marzen, but drinkable.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a beautifully clear dark copper color with definite ruby highlights, especially in direct light. Nice active carbonation keeps a thin head alive, although there is little to no lacing present.

S - Mild aroma, mostly of sweet malts. Toffee, brown sugar. That sort of thing.

T - Much more subtle than I remember. I was worried about being overwhelmed by the malt character, but it actually works really well. The sweetness is present, but not overpowering. Similar flavors to the smell.

M - Nothing exciting. Medium bodied, actually a little watery.

O - I've really enjoyed this beer with food. I think this is the freshest I've had it, and it's not too shabby. Its too sweet for me to session, definitely pairs well with food from salmon to hot dogs.

Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap and into a standard pint glass. Happy hours are fun!

Looks: perfectly clear deep almond-ornage in color, with a khaki head that looks stickier than it is, since it dissipates to a heavy layer of foam within a minute, leaving minimal spots of lace.

Smells: like an apple tree, tinged with the colors of autumn. Lots of lager yeast and sourdough bread, with the light nuttiness of almonds and walnuts along with a hint of sweet red apple cider.

Tastes: far nuttier, with some peanuts added in with those almonds and walnut. Also get some lightly toasted wheat bread and dried apples before a snappy finish. All these flavors, however, are just a little light.

Feels: watery. A medium carbonation fizzes up the beer as it moves about the mouth. Light-bodied.

Drinks: easily and quickly. A little light on flavor, but a crisp finish keeps you going back for more.

Photo of jbertsch
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adam perfect pint glass, I got a decent sized head that faded quick before I even took a sip. The beer itself is medium amber in color.

Sweet malt aroma sporting fall spices. Tastes toasted and buttery with a faint sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and lively yet a little thin. Drinkability isn't bad.

Overall this is a fair offering. Occasionally it tastes like a cheap imitation, and other times it's totally enjoyable....depends on the day and the situation I'm in.

Photo of evh883
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice medium amber color to it. After the pour, it retains an average sized, frothy head that dissapates pretty quickly and leaves behind hardly an trace by the time you're done drinking the beer.

The aroma isn't really anything to go crazy about other than the nice maltiness it gives off.

This beer tastes great. It's moderately sweet, with a slight bitterness followed by a decently heavy bitterness that lastes a little while. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee notes.

Medium bodied with a soft and slightly creamy mouthfeel give this beer it's high drinkability

Overall, this beer is a great. It's good to enjoy with meals or to just have it with a snack or all by itself. Sam Adams does it again!

Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good oktoberfest of the darker Vienna type, a solid example quite in step with the type's standard characteristics, pleasant and drinkable, yet very pedestrian and a bit weak and characterless.

Darkish copper, it has a big pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, wispy top and a rich, foamy ring. It leaves a hint of weak lace.

The aroma is a pretty nice, strong vienna, toasty with leafy grain, hints of leafy herbs, and sweet caramelised sugar/grain.

The taste is mineral, toasty grain, leafy-herbal hops. It's pretty light, a bit vague and sweet before a faintly bitter, vaguely grassy-hearbal finish. It's a bit soft and has a sweet, caramelised grain aftertaste.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 2013 review:
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, proudly brewed and bottled by the Boston Beer Company. 5.3% Alc. by Vol.

Clear, bright amber coloring, under a large head, off-white .

Aroma: sweet, malty nose, earthy & herbal.

Taste: Mmm. Tasty malts, bright and pleasant. Noble hops play a minor roles, giving just enough bite to stave off sweetness. Oh, it's a sweet one, but not overly so. Medium-light body, with the malty flavor lasting long on the palate.

A right on the money marzen. What does the label tell us? "In 1810, Munich celebrated the wedding of their crown prince with a special beer. After 16 days the party ended, but the tradition continues. Our version of the classic Oktoberfest style lager blends 5 roasted malts for a rich, hearty flavor that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating."

November 2003 review:
Appearance: clear bronzish color, with a full, frothy, cream-toned head.
Aroma: somewhat sweet, earthy,vegetal, definitely maltsome, but not quite enough-so.
Taste: malty, but again, only perfunctorily, nicely rounded, rather mild. I wish to reach for the descriptor "rich", as I am wont to do with malty marzens, but this never earns it. Rather flat and dull for an Ok..ooops, sorry...Octoberfest. Some snap in the taste, but not enough. Yeah, way too thin for this style. I do believe I'll have to follow this up with a Summit Oktoberfest to assure me of how good it could get. This version just falls too short.

Photo of Paulieblaze
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a classic in my bar when it's available. I love this stuff.

Photo of wowbagger
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasant amber color with a thin but resilient head. The flavors balance nicely, a bit of hop, a bit of sweet, a bit of spice and pumpkin, with none of them standing out too much. The aftertaste is a bit drier than I'd like but it doesn't ruin the experience at all. Overall, a good solid beer.

Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New seasonal six-pack just copped from Bottle King in Livngston for $7.99...
Appearance: Pours a deep amber hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Aroma: Malt-dominated aroma replete with hints of caramel, vanilla, and butter...
Taste: Nice oktoberfest taste, malt-ridden with a slight hint of hops, caramel, vanilla, brown sugars, and honey...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

Photo of CavePainter
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep bright copper - perhaps a bit reddish. Nearly no head and minimal lacing. Clean and clear.

S: Sweet Malt

T: Toasted and bready malt goodness

Mf: Medium bodied. Smooth malt taste with a crisp carbonated finish.

D: Smooth and tasty. I could definitely see kicking back a few of these. Very drinkable.

I was relatively happy with this beer. It was distinctly different than the Sam Adams Boston Lager (Vienna Lager) Now if they could stop putting it on shelves in August, it would be a solid OKtoberfest.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kind of a reddish/golden color that is very clear and has a good head.

Smell: Somewhat bland. I was a little disappointed here. There is a bit of a hop aroma, but not much.

Taste: A very nice blend of malt and hops. It has a good flavor while still being smooth. I find this to be much smoother than some other brewery's attempts.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, not a whole lot to report here.

Drinkability: Very good. I think so far this might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer. There's a lot I haven't tried, but so far, this one is my favorite.

Photo of MarzenMan
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber beer with a slightly smallish head.

S - A little malty but overall pretty mild smell.

T - Really sweet and chocolately malt taste. Not much bitterness and hop presence is minimal. Not the same malt taste as its German brothers but as sweet and more chocolate. A little on the thin side.

D - Very drinkable if you like sweet and chocolatey. I would't drink more than a couple. I had this one before the Oktoberfest celebration in St. Louis.

Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to pint glass.

Pours amber with a nice puffy cloud of off-white head. Retains pretty well and leaves a bit of lacing.

Bready malt, slightly toasty and floral, light German-style hops, some alcohol? in the nose. Faint, gains some strength over time.

Toasty malts, light caramel, cereal grain, some grassy and floral hop notes, baked bread aftertaste. Flavors start to fall apart towards the end, somewhat of a pattern I've found in a few SA beers.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but has a nice creamy texture from all the malts. Carbonation on the low side.

I have a soft spot for Oktoberfests, the smell and taste instantly remind me of fall. This one in my opinion is solid, a bit bland, but one I will probably get every year because of availability, price and session-ness.

Photo of kkipple
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pour into a pint glass produces a beautiful rust colored beer, clear with an eggshell colored head that disappears to quickly lurk on the top. Looks like autumn colors fell into my pint. Quite pretty.

I get a lot of sweet malt in the nose, with some pilsner-style hops (whatever they may be) and a slight tartness.

Taste is dominated by lots of sweet, caramel malts. Some evident yeast and a bit of a dry corn-flavor. There’s some bittering hops in there to keep it from being TOO sweet, but they’re a balancing measure and nothing more. This is a mildly dry, malty, sweet beer. I like it a lot, but the sweetness is a bit grating – I doubt I could down more than two before I switched to something a little lighter.

I really enjoyed this offering from Sam Adams – it’s tasty, pretty, and easy to drink. A good example of the style and the price is right.

Photo of bahumutx
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice gold color. A nice size head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: I can smell malt and a slight caramel aroma.

Taste: A very sweet beer with a slight hop flavor at the end. Not to complex of a flavor. Somewhat plain in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of carbonation in this beer but it still goes down smooth.

Drinkability: I think I would only have one or two of these.

This is my first Oktoberfest beer. I think it is a good offering from Sam Adams but is somewhat plain but I would drink it again.

Photo of Goregazm
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Appearance: Pours a great reddish-amber color, very clear and smooth looking. Has a tan one finger head which dissipates within a minute and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Smell: Has a bittersweet aroma, almost like a sourdough bread. Caramel and spice scents are in there as well, along with a little fruit, possibly dates or figs.

Taste: Starts off slightly bitter, then finishes with a mild sweetness. Can detect some toastiness in there, with sort of a bready taste. Interesting spice combination in there
as well. Overall pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a very good consistancy that is just the right texture. Has a carobonated feel after a second of two, which gives it kind of a fizz. Aftertaste is a mild sweetness on the palate, and feels a little filmy.

Drinkability: Very good Octoberfest beer that I would certainly buy again. This would go well with dinner or while having a snack. Recommended for fans of this kind of beer.

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The color is beautiful: deep amber/red. The head isn't special and if you blink, it's gone. No lacing.

S: Sweet aromas, fruity and rich.

T: Very sweet! Malts dominate - not as much balance as Sammy claims to have. But it is a nice combination of malts, creates a rich, dark fruity taste, and as it warms, caramel-toffee emerge. But throughout, there is a sweetness that lines the tongue and mouth - sweet aftertaste also. I'm trying to find hops, and faintly taste them, but not much.

M: smooth, perhaps a bit watery, but not much. Nothing special, but my mouth does become coated with some sort of sweet tasting lining.

D: very drinkable, particularly with food. In fact, I think that this beer tastes better when enjoyed with food, rather than on it's own. I really liked it with pulled pork sandwich and then again with steak.

I'm not used to a beer this malty and sweet, and while I don't prefer this style, it is good with a hearty, meaty meal.

Photo of matylight
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper orange with a 1/2" off white head that fades after a few seconds
S: very faint bits of banana and cloves; definite german noble hop (slightly floral) aroma with a nice malt background
T: subtle...the malts play a nice game here (nutty, hints of sweetness) but in my opinion the hops are the all-stars of this beer...the floral quality really shines. the finish has a tiny bit of alcohol that you can barely make out.
M: medium carbonation with light to medium body; very smooth overall.
D: this is a very drinkable beer, definately something i could see myself enjoying a few in an evening. sam adams has always made very nice interpretations of traditional european styles and this beer is no exception.

Photo of clvand0
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an amber color with a creamy tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong but there are some sweet malts and a little caramel in there. The flavor is very smooth and easily drinkable. Burned caramel and malts are the main ingredients of the flavor. Seemed a little different to see this spelled with a "c" instead of oKtoberfest.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,629 ratings.